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London mum with a young family on a mission to enjoy urban eco-living.
Interests: Family, food, sustainable living, cycling, making stuff
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Family cycling in London isn't so weird, but it could be much better! Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Bike Lights in the Fruit Bowl
I have a confession to make...I can't read more than about 5 pages of a novel, or other book without pictures, without falling asleep. I think the last time I finished a novel was about 4 years ago, just before I realised I needed all my spare energy to finish... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2013 at Bike Lights in the Fruit Bowl
Hi Sara, thanks for popping over - I'm a Country Kids newbie - lots of lovely people hang out there it seems! Good luck with the veg:-) Hi Kate, mmm strawberries - ours were tiny but very tasty. Our neighbours are much bigger - need to find out their secrets! Hi Fiona, it's a bit of a cliche the whole 'childhood going by so quickly' thing but I'm realising more and more it's true. So many photo opportunities that day...but my phone was in the bathroom at home so no disturbances...but no pics either sadly. Am loving the Country Kids blog link - thanks!
Toggle Commented Jun 23, 2013 on Simple pleasures at Bike Lights in the Fruit Bowl
Hi Daisy, the carrots were a little on the small side - we pulled one up to check how they were doing and that was it, little M decide it was harvest time! I managed to keep a few in the soil to get bigger so looking forward to another taste soon. Hi Helen, we were going to try taking the pedals off but the bike wasn't quite the right size for that when we first got it - I actually think she's grown an inch or two this week so we might try that at some point as a way to practice balancing. Hi Brinabird and Son, very proud! They definitely are...although they do sometimes force your hand too!
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2013 on Simple pleasures at Bike Lights in the Fruit Bowl
Today was a good day. And yesterday was a great day. Both packed full of simple pleasures, mini-milestones, and lots of smiles. Little M’s adventures with her new bike have made me smile most. Yesterday she got the whole cycling thing. We got her a bike a month or two... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2013 at Bike Lights in the Fruit Bowl
One of my favourite activities of the last few weeks has been flower pressing. It started one sunny day when our patio garden had sprung back into life after the horrible cold winter. It's a little unloved. Despite it's small size I'm still struggling to properly tame it and make... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2013 at Bike Lights in the Fruit Bowl
I had a plan yesterday. We started the weekend with few plans so I'd booked myself a haircut after putting it off for months. I was last minute as ever so could only get a slightly inconvenient 1pm appointment. I also felt compelled not to waste the opportunity for a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2013 at Bike Lights in the Fruit Bowl
Thanks for stopping by - harvested my first two ripe strawberries tonight - very exciting!
Definitely! Our v.tiny garden isn't going to get sorted if I wait for child-free time and their faces light up, especially if they find a worm.
Time, eh? Life's been feeling a bit hectic recently. I get to the end of most days with that 'not enough time in the day' feeling. Some of the reasons are good. Great in fact - long cycle rides in the sunshine, picnics, exploring new parks, visiting friends and family,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2013 at Bike Lights in the Fruit Bowl
I promised at the end of our veggie month to start a series of posts of vegful feasts - great meals that are either vegetarian, or have loads of extra veg tucked inside to make the meat go further, without sacrifising on taste. So here's my first one. And it's... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2013 at Bike Lights in the Fruit Bowl
"Look! The sea's waving!" said little M, as we sped down to Cornwall via the beautiful coastal train line last March. It was so cute that I was almost in tears in the middle of the carriage - I'll blame pregnancy hormones and lost sleep because of an offspring-breathing-difficulties-hospital-drama a... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2013 at Bike Lights in the Fruit Bowl
Finally, a few frost free weeks! I am really, really enjoying the sunshine. It's much, much more relaxing spending time outdoors with the girls when it's not freezing cold or tipping it down with rain. And so we've finally started thinking about growing things again. Our estate is modest -... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2013 at Bike Lights in the Fruit Bowl
It's Real Nappy Week - time for a nappy update! I've used real nappies for quite a while - a nappy laundry service to start with for little M and more recently washing little L's myself at home. We'll be using them for the next year or so (unless little... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2013 at Bike Lights in the Fruit Bowl
This time last year we were just settling into life as a family of 4 with our new arrival, little L. Like so many significant life events it seems so recent that I can hardly believe it was her first birthday earlier this week, and at the same time the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2013 at Bike Lights in the Fruit Bowl
Hi Chris, thanks for reading. I may have been guilty of an odd white lie too - about what programmes are available on the catch-up menu. Sometimes a 10 minute programme is more appropriate than a 25minute one! Won't last long - little M can recognise enough letters to know if some of her favourites are available. Hi Nicola, thanks! Very hastily drawn sign with whatever pens were to hand - hence purple hair - one day when it got to the point where speedy action was needed before I went insane!
Little M absolutely loves TV. I think most of the programmes on Cbeebies are great and quite like a spot of Holly, Ben et al myself. But...despite the good programmes, I wasn't feeling great about our TV viewing habits a while ago. Various illnesses and some very disturbed nights meant... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2013 at Bike Lights in the Fruit Bowl
Hi Natalie, thanks for stopping by. Yes, was lovely, if a bit cold at times! Can't wait to go away again. I love Sustrans too - loads of really helpful stuff on their website and they make a read difference on the ground too:-)
Hi Karen, thanks for the tips - hadn't thought of using oil for bums!
I'm quite cautious about what I put on my own and the girls' skin. We have eczema in the family (me for a start!) and I've spent too much time reading about what effects the cocktail of chemicals in many everyday toiletries can potentially have on our health. I now... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2013 at Bike Lights in the Fruit Bowl
We had our first holiday of the year a couple of weekends ago (before the crapness of wheezy hospital trips, the Noro virus and a mini ice-age descended upon us) - a lovely long weekend in a cosy cottage just outside Axminster. Whilst happily digesting the fruits of Martin’s cooking... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2013 at Bike Lights in the Fruit Bowl
Hope you have fun! I'm certainly not going to get all evangelical about 'baby-wearing' - pushchairs are a great invention - but it's great to have options. I've found that a sling where the weight is carried mostly on my hips, rather than my shoulders, means I can comfortably carry little L a lot longer - especially now she's getting bigger (almost 11 months right now).
Thanks! Glad to make you feel sunnier - we definitely need to remember the sunshine when there's a bitter wind like today's!
I've beening speaking to journalists over the last week or so about air pollution, something I've got a bit of a bee in my bonnet about. More precisely, I spoke to them about an important Supreme Court case. A charity, Client Earth, are taking the UK Government to court because... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2013 at Bike Lights in the Fruit Bowl
Spring is in the air, little M has a spring in her step and we've got new wheels. Suddenly, getting out and about with the family seems a whole lot easier. It feels like the city is our oyster and bigger adventures are around the corner. Me and the girls... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2013 at Bike Lights in the Fruit Bowl